It’s easy to fall into the trap. And I did big time. What trap is that? The one where you think you’re in control. The one where you allow your anxiety, frustrations, and anger to guide your emotions. The one that pulls you away from God. We sold our house with no solid options for … Continue reading Falling Into the Trap
If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they … Continue reading Joy in Trials
When I hear the birds of the air, I hear them singing: "We are happy, We are fed, By the Father's hand, We get our bread." When I see the lilies of the field, I see them expressing: "We are beautiful, We are dressed, By the Father's hand, We are blessed." When I consider these … Continue reading The Birds and the Lilies
I've observed her tangled heart for years, Living a downtroddened life, She wasn't expecting. Her husband commanding and demanding from her, No love in the way she desires, Nor the security needed. His impulses and anger getting the best of him, Her cleaning up the messes, Hoping things will change. Him provoking her to her … Continue reading Graceful Woman, You Inspire Me
The problem is not that we experience anger, grief, or stress. These are all reflective of our need for justice, love, and peace. It's when we allow it to consume us at the expense of not trusting in God, Who is the ultimate source of justice, love, and peace. Prayer (from Psalms 25:1-2, 9-10, 20-21): … Continue reading The Problem is not Anger, Grief, or Stress
Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren, … Continue reading Thoughts
Just because someone is exhibiting abundant joy doesn't mean they have less problems in their life. They've just learned how to turn their grief into gratitude; a skill which takes deliberate, daily cultivation as it doesn't come naturally. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in … Continue reading Grief Into Gratitude
I'm enraged with nothing to be enraged about. Where does this come from? What is wrong with me? This is not me, but it is me.
Here is the reality of your life.... the only thing you can control is your faithfulness to God, and it is that faithfulness to God that will keep you from worry.